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Genius Bar doesn’t hire retired Apple engineer, fires up age discrimination debate

Genius Bar, Apple, discriminationIn an editorial about workplace biases in The New York Times, the author addressed age discrimination giving as an example ex-Apple engineer J.K. Scheinberg attempting to get a job at an Apple retail store as a customer support representative at the Genius Bar. Scheinberg was a long-time Apple employee and was responsible for the first builds of OS X for Intel processors in the early part of the century.

“On the way out, all three of the interviewers singled me out and said, ‘We’ll be in touch,'” Scheinberg said. “I never heard back.”

Scheinberg worked with Apple from 1987 up until his retirement in 2008. He started work with the company in 1987 the A/UX department, and worked on Rhapsody, as well as Intel OS X kernel development.

Apple and youth

Scheinberg’s case, and allegations of age discrimination, isn’t the only public one. In 2010, 60-year-old Michael Katz sued Apple for promoting less senior and, in his view, less qualified individuals for the role of “Creative” at the Orlando, Fla. store that he worked at between 2006 and 2007.

“Each individual selected for the promotions sought by Katz was at least 15 years younger than Katz,”stated the complaint. “Katz was passed over for promotion multiple times in favor of individuals with less seniority and inferior qualifications.”

Prior to the suit, Katz filed charges of age discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Florida Commission on Human Relations (EEOC). The EEOC found “reasonable cause” that Katz was denied promotions by Apple because of his age.

Katz’s case differs, as he was hired by the Apple store, but allegedly denied promotional opportunities as a result of his age.

Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/2cHKiVZ

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